civilrightsdefenders bracelet Smart bracelet designed to help protect civil rights activists

Civil Rights Defenders has designed a smart bracelet that could help save the lives of civil rights activists and aid workers operating in dangerous areas.

Civil Rights Defenders has designed a smart bracelet that could help save the lives of civil rights activists and aid workers operating in dangerous areas.

 
The bracelet features cellular and GPS technology that will send warning messages to Facebook and Twitter to notify people that the activist is in danger, including their location, which could help prevent them being kidnapped or aid in their rescue.
 
The messages can be sent manually by the worker, but the bracelet will automatically issue warnings to social media if it is forcefully removed. The data will also be sent to other aid workers in the area, and widespread knowledge of the existence of such devices could act as a deterrent to kidnapping and murder.
 
civilrightsdefenders bracelet Smart bracelet designed to help protect civil rights activists
 
“Most of us, given the chance, would like to help others in danger,” said Robert Hardh, executive director of Civil Rights Defenders. “These civil rights defenders are risking their lives for others to have the right to vote, or to practise religion or free speech.”
 
Activists constantly face the threat of abduction or murder, either by oppressive government forces, military regimes, local militia, or criminal gangs. The murder of Natalia Estemirova, who was uncovering alleged abuse of civilians in Chechnya, in 2009 prompted development of this device.
 
Bracelets are now being given out to activists and aid workers, with 55 expected to be distributed by the end of 2014. Civil Rights Defenders is looking for funding in order to create and supply more of these potentially life-saving devices, which could in turn help encourage more freedom throughout the world.
 
Source: BBC